Sunday, March 15, 2009

Brief List of Local Resources

This morning we had a very pleasant experience talking about our year-long project at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rock Valley in Rockton. At the end of the presentation we indicated that we would share a list of some useful weblinks of local foods resources. So, here it is - click the headings to reach the sites! Thanks for inviting us.

UIUC Extension of Winnebago County
Local resources, seasonal foods lists, preserving information, local foods reading list

Local Harvest
Database of CSAs, producers, and local food sellers, searchable by zip code

Food Routes
Interesting resources on food miles and the benefits of local foods

Local Foods Directory - Winnebago County
FANTASTIC comprehensive listing of local food producers and growers, includes details of area farmers' markets

As we said this morning, the most important thing to remember is that eating locally does not have to be an all-or-nothing endeavor. Start by adding one local item per meal or challenge yourself to have one all-local meal per week. Visit a farmers' market once each week during the growing season and shop for produce there before going to the grocery store. Seek out some of your favorite foods regionally (and in season!), you just might be surprised what you find!

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